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Directions (USPS 516-530) PO Box 2003 Decatur, AL 35602-2003 Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce PO Box 2003 Decatur, AL 35602-2003 E-Mail: Website:

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Sheila Davis 2009/2010 Chairman of the Board

As I conclude my term as Chairman of the Board of the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, I’d like to reflect on a year of many accomplishments. The mission of the Chamber is to promote business and commerce for the area through volunteer leadership in economic, political and social development. I was blessed this year to help carry out this mission with a very dedicated Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Table of Contents 2010/2011 Executive Committee...............................4 Member Spotlight.....................5 New Members..........................6 Renewing Members..................8 Ribbon Cuttings.......................9 Total Resource Campaign.......10 Special Events.......................11 Events Calendar.....................14

The Chamber’s Excellence in Leadership class took on its first community project and chose to conduct a night golf tournament to help raise much needed funding for Decatur Youth Services, and 35 area high school students were able to participate in Edge Student Leadership. This year our Workforce Development Coalition launched a joint effort with the Morgan County Economic Development Association called This new website will be used as a valuable tool to provide career and training resources to employers, job-seekers, educators and students. The Chamber has had a strong year. We’ve attacked community problems head-on and built a plan for our future. It has been an honor to serve as Chairman of the Board and I am very appreciative of the opportunity to do so.

April 2010

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The Chamber’s Program of Work focuses on several areas. In the area of business development, we supported the efforts to create, restructure and help obtain funding for the Decatur-Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center, formerly the Decatur Business Incubator. This is a very positive change for small business growth in Decatur-Morgan County and will serve our community well. Perhaps our most ambitious achievement this year was the implementation of “One Vision. One Voice. One Morgan

County.” This program will address six areas in our community that will be the foundation for our future while addressing current issues in business, healthcare, education, leadership, recruiting and retaining young talent, and diversity in our community. We supported the Partnership for Progress initiative for Downtown Redevelopment, which began several years ago as Envision Decatur – a joint effort of the City of Decatur and the Chamber.


Main Line – (256) 353-5312, to reach extensions dial 353-0763 John Seymour President & CEO – ext. 103 Charlotte McKelvy Director of Workforce Development and Education – ext. 107 Jim Page Vice President of Public Policy and Business Development – ext. 109 Cory Wilbanks Director of Membership Development – ext. 104 Leissa Hill Chief Financial Officer – ext. 102 Anita McDonald Director of Operations and Events – ext. 100 Tiffany Brightwell Director of Investor Relations – ext. 101

a word from your chamber leadership

Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce

Wade Weaver Chairman of the Board Valley Budweiser

Ellen Didier Chairman of the Board Elect Red Sage Communications

Tommy Daniels Treasurer - Financial Management RBC Bank

Blake McAnally Vice-Chair Business Development Pugh Wright McAnally

Gloria Arthur Vice-Chair Community Planning and Quality of Life Bank Street Antique Mall

Doug Bachuss Vice-Chair Member and Investor Services Nowlin, Bachuss & Gray Law Firm

Chris Priest Vice-Chair Public Policy Blackburn, Maloney & Schuppert

Scott Landgraf Vice-Chair Workforce Development and Education Ascend Performance Materials

Sheila Davis Past Chairman of the Board United Launch Alliance

April 2010



2010/2011 Executive Committee

Member Spotlight member spotlight

Julie McKibben, M.D., M.S. North Alabama Worker’s Care


Dr. Julie McKibben joined the Parkway Medical Center team in 2009 as the only fulltime board certified Occupational Medicine Physician in Morgan County. As a U.S. Navy veteran who served in Iraq, she brings a wealth of experience with her.

North Alabama Worker’s Care is located inside Parkway Medical Center adjacent to the Emergency Room at 1874 Beltline Road, Suite 180. For more information regarding services provided, please call (256) 301-3266.

April 2010

With services ranging from physicals and OSHA required workplace testing to drug and alcohol screening, North Alabama Worker’s Care is dedicated to serving all occupational needs for local industry and employers, offering 24-hour outpatient care. Patients can be seen in the office during regular weekday hours and acute injuries can be treated in a specially designated area in Parkway Medical Center’s Emergency Room after hours and on weekends.

“A comprehensive occupational and environmental medicine program is a great asset to all members of the communityemployers, employees and citizens. Collaboration between businesses, industry and healthcare results in a net gain for all and I am pleased to have the opportunity to practice here in Morgan County. I enjoy meeting the unlimited challenges Occupational and Environmental medicine offers and I am excited to be a part of what Parkway is doing for the community,” said Dr. McKibben.

New Members


We thank the following businesses and organizations for their commitment to the Decatur-Morgan County area by their investment in the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber during the months of February and March 2010. We look forward to serving you! All State Fence Company Bo Pierce 1701 4th Ave SE Decatur, AL 35601

Certified Roofing & Restoration Randy Brown 9694 Madison Blvd Madison, AL 35758

Kabel Hearing, LLC Ryan Kabel 2699-B Sandlin Rd Ste B6 Decatur, AL 35601

American Family Care, Inc. 2664 Hwy 31 S Decatur, AL 35601

CIMS Global Technology Solutions Ron Casto 7500 Memorial Pkwy S, Ste 215-C Huntsville, AL 35802

KC Media Kelly Pate 1710 Eastwood Dr Decatur, AL 35601

Exit Realty of the Valley Gina Szinegh 113 2nd Ave NE Decatur, AL 35601

Longhorn Steakhouse Eric Dreffin 1213 Point Mallard Pkwy SE Decatur, AL 35601

Animal Friends Humane Society, Inc. Linda Smith 240-B Johnston St SE Decatur, AL 35602 Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Morgan & Lawrence Counties Casey Coleman 245B Jackson St SE Decatur, AL 35601 C & H Cooling & Heating, Inc. Tim Hopson 721 S Court St Florence, AL 35630

Focus Radio Communications/WEKI Fred Holland 2305 Holmes Ave Huntsville, AL 35816 Integrity Electric, Inc. Darren Bogan 3498 Hwy 20 W Ste 1 Decatur, AL 35601

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When times get tough, it’s good to have family. And at Redstone Federal Credit Union, members are like family. Your credit union is convenient, safe and secure with a variety of accounts to meet your needs. If you’re not already a member, visit any of the 20 branches to learn how easy it is to join. Redstone Federal Credit Union is Alabama’s largest member-owned financial institution. You can trust Redstone Federal Credit Union – just like family. This Credit Union is Federally Insured by the National Credit Union Administration.

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Renewing Members

April 2010



The Chamber would like to thank the following members who reinvested in Decatur and Morgan County by renewing their Chamber memberships during the months of February and March 2010. A Digital Reflection Photography & Videography Adventure Travels Alabama Mail Service All Needz Rental Center, Inc. Allegra Print and Imaging American Midstream, LLC American National Insurance Webb Awtrey Agency American Red Cross Morgan Lawrence Co. Chapter Anesthesia Services of Decatur, PC Ashwander Animal Clinic Automatic Screw Machine Products Co., Inc BBVA Compass Bank Sammy Becdach, MD Beltline Electric Best Western - River City Hotel Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Morgan County The Brick Deli Bridge Builders Church International Brown Recycling & Mfg., Inc. Ronald E. Brown, DDS, PC Burger King - 6th Ave Calpine Cedar Springs Retirement Community Central Baptist Church CF Properties, LLC City Cafe Community Relations Association Comprehensive Automation & Design Contracting & Materials, Inc. Contractor Service & Fabrication, Inc. Corr Wireless Communications, LLC Corum’s Building & Farm Center Cricket By The Creek Cumulus Radio WZYP-WVNN- WUMP-WHRP-WWFF J. Felton Davenport, DMD Decatur Career Center Decatur Chiropractic Decatur Decorating Center Decatur Dermatology, PC Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority Decatur Emergency Medical Services, Inc. Decatur ENT Associates, PC Decatur Jaycees Decatur Optical Dispensary

Decatur Pet Cemetery & Crematorium, LLC Doublehead Resort & Lodge Doyle’s Supply, Inc. Dunagan Yates & Alison EFP Corporation EMI Power & Automation, Inc. Feralloy Filtech Services Fite Building Company, Inc. Freedom Light Productions FSI - Fleet Services, Inc. Galilean Apartments Genesis USA Development Sweetwater Development Glee Interiors Hardwick & Knight Hardy Chiropractic Walter S. Hargett, Jr. Holaway’s Market Home Pest Control Housing Authority of Decatur Housing Developers, LLC Sam L. Houston Hutto Printing & Advertising, Inc. Instant Diagnostic Systems Instrument & Valve Services Company J & L Mobile Home Parts Jimmy Smith Jewelers JMS Russel Metals Gordon Jones Kaleidoscoops Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals Decatur Otis E. Kirby, Jr., DMD Don Kyle Labor Finders The Light House Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc. Marketing Works Marx Optical J. Calvin McBride & Associates, PC McCollum’s Catfish & Seafood McWhorter Communications, Inc. Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama Mi Hacienda Mexican Restaurant Microtel Inn & Suites Mitchell Computer Services Inc. Mobile Attic Morgan County Association of Realtors NAMOS

Nephrology of North AL, PC Ninth Street United Methodist Church North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence Office Depot #383 Open MRI of Decatur OSCO, INC. Payton Price Construction, Inc. Price-Denton Endodontics, LLC Racking Horse Breeders Association Railroad Bazaar, Inc. RBC Bank - Johnston St Real Estate Showcase/ Publications Press Realty Group of Alabama Remax Platinum - Judy Smith Terry Reynolds, OD River City Equipment Rental & Sales, Inc. Riverside Pediatrics of Decatur

Southern Printing Co., Inc. Southern Staffing St. Ann’s Catholic School Stovall Marks Insurance, Inc. Summer Place SWS First Response Systems, Security & Network Solutions, Inc. Talley, Mauldin, & Peete, PC The Terrace at Priceville Ronald Terry Electric, Inc. Tru-Green Chemlawn Turner Industries Group University of Alabama in Huntsville Vision Wheel, Inc. WAAY 31 TV Wal-Mart Discount City WHNT-TV Who’s Who in Decatur Magazine Willo Products Co., Inc. Wilmer & Lee

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River City Fitness

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Milestone Pediatrics at Parkway Medical Center

Baugh Wiley Smith Wing Dedication at Parkway Medical Center


1101 6th Ave NE, Decatur • (256) 355-3150

ribbon cuttings

Holiday Inn & Suites

Family Security Credit Union

1305 6th Avenue SE, Decatur • (256) 301-9306

1874 Beltline Rd SW, Decatur • (256) 301-3435

American Family Care 2664 Hwy 31 S, Decatur

1874 Beltline Rd SW, Decatur

The Chamber’s 2010 Operation TRC V was a tremendous success thanks to our 26 volunteers and the nearly 200 companies who chose to market their businesses during this year’s campaign.

Volunteers gathered for a celebration after hours at the Brick Deli on April 1 and toasted to a job well done. This year’s campaign featured three teams of volunteers led by Linda Robinson (Team R&R Strategies), Carol Boyd (Team Bravehearts) and Ellen Didier (Team Code Red). Linda Robinson, Ellen Didier and Monday Cleghorn were the campaign top producers, and Donna Puckett was voted “Outstanding Rookie” by her peers.

Decatur Mayor Don Stanford gave his second State of the City Address in March to a group of over 200 Chamber members at the Turner-Surles Community Resource Center. While updating citizens on issues such as the progress on the Animal Services Center, Stanford also sang the praises of departments such as Parks and Recreation and the City’s Fire and Police services. This event is held annually and gives our members the opportunity to hear from city leadership first hand. Presented by

Sponsored by

Rick Paler


total resource campaign

TRC Victory Celebration 2010 State of the City Address

F – Patricia Pegues, Donna Oliver*, Carol Boyd*°, Deanna Nelson*, Anne Hurt*, Linda Robinson*°, Donna Puckett*, and Ellen Didier*° B – Clyde Bateman, Jennifer Self, Norman Roby*, Ken Butdorf*, and Brandon Price Not pictured: Terri Collins, Jason Putman, Gloria Arthur, Sharon Price, Robin Forrester, Chris Priest, Monday Cleghorn*, Tricia Thornton, Bill May, Kathy Hammond, Ana Allen*, Cheryl Hicks, and Deborah Day) *Trip Winner °Team Captain

April 2010

Thank you to the following companies that participated in Operation TRC V 3M A-Z Office Resources Alabama Farmer’s Co-Op Albany Bistro All State Fence Company Allegra Print and Imaging Alliance Sand and Aggregate, LLC Allied Waste Services AlphaPet, Inc.

American Red Cross Morgan- Lawrence Co. Chapter AnswerTel Apple Lane Farms Ascend Performance Materials AT&T Advertising Solutions Athens State University Baggette Construction, Inc. Bank Independent Bank Street Antique Mall

Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc. Bender’s Gym Bentley Consulting, Inc. Better Business Bureau Big Bob Gibson BBQ Big Brothers/Big Sisters Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Boy Scouts of America BP

Bridge Builders Church International Brooks Lock & Key Bunge Burningtree Country Club C&H Cooling & Heating, Inc. Calhoun Community College Candy & The Divas Personal Assistants, LLC Canteen Vending Service Caring Strategies Casual Gourmet

Montgomery Trip In February, the Chamber took its annual trip to Montgomery to meet with our legislators and spend time touring the capitol. The group of more than 80 also attended a luncheon and heard from keynote speaker Dr. Joseph B. Morton, State Superintendent of Education. Dr. Morton spoke about the ‘First Choice Program.’ This program was designed, said Morton, to make sure all high school graduates are fully prepared to enter college without having to take remedial classes.

“We make it too easy to drop out – we give people a wide open door to leave the educational system,” said Morton. To motivate students to succeed, ‘First Choice’ is designed with a creditrecovery element. If a student performs poorly on a particular section of a subject, the student can be reassessed on the section in which they were lacking, rather than being required to repeat the entire course. Morton believes this will lead to decreased drop-out rates in our high schools, which in turn leads to higher overall education

Morton touted programs like the Alabama Reading Initiative and distance learning classrooms, saying “Alabama young people can compete with anybody when given the right tools.” Programs such as the ARI, along with others like the Alabama Math, Science & Technology Initiative and a strong partnership between K-12 and the two and four-year college systems have brought Alabama students to the forefront, but a decrease in funding threatens to halt progress. Morton said that without additional funding, we stand to lose thousands of teachers this year, leading to increased classroom sizes and less opportunity for students – a future he hopes not to see for Alabama students. To learn more about ‘First Choice’ or any of the initiatives of the Alabama Department of Education, please visit Sponsored by

A two week camp for children in Morgan County, grades 1-5, who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other emotional disorders. For more information, call 353-1160. There is a registration fee, but scholarships are available.

June 14-18

July 19-23

Mental Health Association in Morgan County ®

P.O. Box 1502 207 Commerce Circle, SW, Decatur, AL 35602 (p) 256-353-1160 (f) 256-353-1163

special events

According to Morton, when students are entering high school and are given the choice of a regular diploma or an advanced diploma, they will inevitably choose the path of least resistance. Following the ‘First Choice’ plan, students are required to start their high school curriculum on the highest level and only a parent can remove them from the advanced program.

levels and better recruitment for economic development and expansion.


special events

79th Annual Meeting The Chamber’s 79th Annual Meeting took place on March 25 at Burningtree Country Club. Among the night’s speeches from outgoing Chairman of the Board Sheila Davis (United Launch Alliance) and incoming Chairman Wade Weaver (Valley Budweiser) were two award presentations: The Rosie Hennessy Award and the Citizen of the Year.

customers and his service to the community. He runs his business by a simple set of rules: Be nice to people; Offer good service at a fair and reasonable price; Only sell quality parts; Don’t use technical language that the customer doesn’t understand; Spend time with customers; Get the job done quickly; and Do a good job.

The Chamber’s Commodores are a very special group of volunteers that assist the Chamber in many ways. The Rosie Hennessy Award is given to the Commodore voted by his or her peers to be the most exemplary Commodore of the Year and is named after the late Ms. Hennessy, a graceful leader who displayed energy and great character in her service to the Chamber and the community.

We congratulate Tom Owczarzak for being chosen as this year’s Rosie Hennessy Award recipient and thank him for his continued service to the Chamber’s Commodore Program.

After Rosie passed away, the Commodores decided to honor Ms. Hennessy by giving an award in her name to the “Commodore of the Year”. This distinguished and prestigious award is to be given to the Commodore who reflects the remarkable characteristics exhibited by Rosie herself. This year’s Rosie Hennessey award winner is Tom Owczarzak. Tom has been a member of the Commodores for four years. He grew up in Pittsburg, Penn. and moved to Decatur in the late 1980’s. He is the owner of Avanti Computers and was chosen for qualities that he displays in his service to his

Tom Owczarzak

Sheila Davis turns over the gavel to Wade Weaver

The 2010 Citizen of the Year was awarded to Wally Terry, a man who truly has a passion and willingness to give to his community and never slows down in doing so. As summarized by nominator Sheila Davis, “To call Wally Terry a dedicated community leader is like calling Bear Bryant JUST a football coach.” Davis added that she would be willing to bet that there’s not a project on recent record that positively influenced DecaturMorgan County in which Wally Terry was not involved. On Terry’s short list of activities are: Carnegie Visual Arts Center Board Member, Decatur School Foundation Board Member, Decatur General Hospital Foundation, Decatur Planning Commission, continued on page 15

Wally Terry

Thank you to the following companies that participated in Operation TRC V CB &S Bank Certified Roofing & Restoration, LLC Charles F. Betts, Jr., D.M.D., P.C. Charter Business Chick Fil A Church’s Chicken Cintas City of Decatur Parks & Recreation Coca Cola Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, Inc. Congressman Robert Aderholt Cook’s Pest Control Cook’s Pest Control Sales & Service CR Compressors Cricket by the Creek Decatur Baptist Church Decatur City Schools Decatur General Foundation Decatur General Hospital Decatur Heritage Christian Academy Decatur Plumbing Company Decatur Transit Decatur Utilities Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau DHS Systems, LLC DMS Inc. Domino’s Pizza Doyle’s Supply, Inc. Dr. Thomas T. Willis Drs. James & Kathryn Mize Dunagan, Yates, & Alison Early Services Eaton Corporation Edward Jones EFP Corporation Elite Flooring Elite Travel ENERSOLV CORPORATION Enterprise Rent-A-Car Eyster, Key, Tubb, Roth, Middleton and Adams Family Security Credit Union Ferguson Enterprises First Baptist Church FITE BUILDING COMPANY, INC. Five Guys Burgers & Fries Freedom Light Productions Fulin’s Asian Cuisine Funding Solutions, Inc. GDF SUEZ Energy Generation NA Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama Gobble-Fite Lumber Co., Inc. Goss Electric,Inc Hannah Lawn and Landscaping Service, Inc. Hargrove and Associates, Inc. Harris, Caddell & Shanks Honda of Decatur

Thank you to the following companies that participated in Operation TRC V Honeymoon Florist Humana MarketPoint Huntsville International Airport Independence Tube Corp. Instant Diagnostic Systems Integrity Electric ITW Sexton J. Felton Davenport, DMD J.F. Drake State Technical College Jimmy Smith Jewelers Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corporation John C. Eyster and John C. Eyster Jr. JW Steakhouse KBR Kinder Morgan Terminals Lee Company Longhorn Steakhouse Lucky’s Supermarket Lynn Layton Chevrolet Lyons HR M & D Mechanical Contractors, Inc. Manpower Temporary Service, Inc.

Marketing Works MarMac Real Estate McAbee Medical Meow Mix/Del Monte Pet Products Micor Industries Morgan County Schools Bill Hopkins Morgan Keegan Morningside of Decatur Mortgage America North Alabama Chemical Co., Inc. North Alabama Worker’s Care Nucor Steel Decatur Osco Panera Bread LLC Papa Murhpy’s Pizza Parker Real Estate, LLC Parkway Medical Center Peck - Glasgow Agency, inc. Peoples Bank of North Alabama Pepsi Decatur Plastic Recyclers Southeast, Inc. Platinum Mortgage

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APRIL 16th

Decatur Jaycees’ Cajunfest Rhodes Ferry Park


FREE Community Shred Day 9:00 a.m. to Noon Calhoun Community College Call 351-5170 for more information.

21st-24th Racking Horse Spring Show Where: Celebration Arena Hwy 67 East Decatur, AL Contact: 353-7225


Coffee & Cards at Progress Bank 255 Grant Street, Decatur 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Email for more information


Somerville Celebration: Celebrating Alabama’s Small Towns & Downtowns Contact: Sam or Regina 256-778-8282


Spring Garden Tour of Homes Held at Old Decatur & Albany Historic Districts Contact: 350-2028

7th and 8th

Decatur Relay for Life 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. Ingalls Harbor


Wings of Thunder Charity Ride Roundtree Airport, Hartselle, AL Contact: Susan Hines – Hartselle Chamber 773-4370


23rd and 24th

Hartselle Relay For Life 6:00 p.m. - 6:00 a.m. JP Cain Stadium

Strawberry Day 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Morgan Co. Farmers Market Contact: Times Martin 256-654-0570



Women’s Chamber Spring Pilgrimage Tour of Homes Contact: Dawn White 340-2000 ext. 4200 or 221-8272


2010 Washington Trip Email for more information


Breakfast & Biz Sykes Place on Bank St. 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Email for more information

30th Morgan County Homebuilder’s Association 4-man Golf Scramble Point Mallard Golf CourseContact: 341-4925 April 2010


Business After Hours at Chick-Fil-A 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Email for more information


Soulstock Concert Point Mallard Park Contact: 256-341-4903


Daikin Festival Daikin America, State Docks Road Contact: Justina Willingham 3065000

29th and 30th

Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Festival Point Mallard Park Contact: 350-2028

Thank you to the following companies that participated in Operation TRC V Point Mallard Park Pro-Air Services, Inc. Progress Bank Pugh Wright McAnally, Inc. RBC Bank RBC Bank Mortgage Real Estate Showcase/ Publications Press Red Sage Communications, Inc. Redstone Federal Credit Union Regions Bank Reliance Financial Group Renasant Bank Rick Paler River City Fitness Riverside Senior Living Ronald Grantland - AL House of Representatives District 9 Sam Frank & Moore Shumake Furniture Simply Delicious Bakery & Eatery Simpson’s Florist Stone River Inc. Suez Energy Generation NAAlabama Decatur Energy Corp Sykes Place on Bank St. Tennessee Valley Training Center Texas Smokehouse The Brick Deli The Enrichment Center The Paper Chase The Terrace at Priceville Thompson Tractor TIMBUCK2 Turner Universal Underwood Associates Architecture United Launch Alliance University of Alabama in Huntsville Urogynecology Center of North Alabama Valley Budweiser, Inc. Vulcan Materials Wachovia Wal-Mart Waters Brothers Contractors, Inc. Wayne Farms, LLC. Wear, Howell, Strickland, Quinn & Law, LLC Wiregrass Construction Company, Inc. Women’s Business Center of North Alabama


Point Mallard Water Park opens 341-4880

Decatur-Morgan County The Community of Opportunity

Friends of Delano Park, First United Methodist Church Finance Director, Tennessee Valley Corridor Board Member, Lions Club, Decatur Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau Board Past-President, Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce Past Chairman, among countless others. According to Davis, “Wally does not talk about being a good citizen and doing

the right thing. He lives it. And we are all extremely blessed that he lives in our community.” Annual Meeting Presented by

Silver Sponsor Entertainment Sponsor Elite Travel Audio Video Sponsor Freedom Light Productions

Gold Sponsor

Floral Arrangements provided by Simpson’s Florist

Excellence in Leadership

The March session was Law and Criminal Justice Day for the Excellence class. Our local judges spent time with the class explaining the court system. A tour of the Morgan County Jail and Hands Home were included in the day’s events. The highlight of the day was a mock trial conducted by the class with help from our local judges and attorneys. Thank you to Judge Shelly Waters for conducting Law and Criminal Justice Day.  The Excellence class continues to read Ken Blanchard’s book Leading at a Higher Level.  The book review is led each month by class members.  Thank you to Michael Tubbs for facilitating the monthly book review. 

The Edge Leadership class held their State Government Day in February along with the adult leadership class. While in Montgomery, they were able to debate current bills and Dr. Joe Morton, State Superintendent of Education, addressed the group during the Leadership Luncheon. The highlight of the trip was touring the Judicial Building and spending time with Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb. Edge Law and Criminal Justice Day Sponsor

John C. Eyster and John C. Eyster Jr.

Edge Government Day Sponsor

Edge Law and Criminal Justice Day Lunch Sponsor

Canteen Vending Service

Custom Systems • Hardware Upgrades • Repairs • Networking Service for all makes and models

Avanti Computers 1042 Beltline Road SE, Decatur • 355-9273 tom and dawn owczarzak, owners “You can’t beat hiring a geek”


The Excellence in Leadership class held their State Government Day in February. While in Montgomery, the class toured the Rosa Parks Museum and the Capitol.  They observed the Alabama Legislature in session and were able to see our state government in action. 

Law and Criminal Justice Day was held on February 18. After our local judges explained the court system and the Edge students observed court in session. A tour of the Morgan County Jail was also included in the day. Thank you to Judge Shelly Waters conducting Law and Criminal Justice Day.

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Edge Student Leadership

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